|Originally intended to be named 'War pigs', but changed to 'Paranoid' due to the Vietnam war, this is perhaps the best known early 'Sabbath record. Featuring such tracks as the absolute classics 'War Pigs', 'Planet Caravan', 'Iron Man' and of course the surprise hit 'Paranoid', this is simply an essential release.|
While the title track is beyond doubt the most famous song, being featured on nearly all classic rock compilations ever, the entire album is considered to be a massive classic masterpiece.
A little less of a bluesy undertone ensures that there is more of a dark and rock atmosphere on this album than its predecessor. Still I would not expect a great work of melancholy or heaps of depression. This is truly a great old heavy Rock 'n Roll record of which I am presuming most people are actually familiar with. I mean come on, who has not at least once in his life heard a few tracks from this album?!
Personally I find the second half of the album to contain the strongest songs. These are the lesser known songs, but the atmosphere is much darker and doomier. Especially with the tracks 'Electric Funeral' and 'Hand of Doom'.
It is interesting to note that the suspenseful and extremely dark song 'Hand of Doom', next to often scaring the living daylights out of me due to its brilliant build-up, is also by some regarded as the song that gave name to our genre (doom-metal).
Black Sabbath must be one of the few bands that are insane enough to actually give their intro's and outro's their own names, as the intro to 'War Pigs' is called 'Luke's Wall', and the outro to 'Fairies Wear Boots' is called 'Jack the Stripper'. Incidentally, 'War pigs' was first going to be called 'Walpurgis', and had totally different lyrics.
In the end it is quite simple, if you own this album you hardly needed to read my comments; you can walk on the streets head held up high, knowing you own a piece of musical history. If you do not yet own this album, I suggest you go hide in shame for the time being and get your unworthy little ass to the record store to buy it!
1. War Pigs / Luke's Wall
3. Planet Caravan
4. Iron Man
5. Electric Funeral
6. Hand of Doom
7. Jack the Stripper / Fairies Wear Boots
8. Rat Salad
Duration : Approx. 60 minutes
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